What are CPSRs and Why Should You Care?
We recently told you about the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) process, and today we will (attempt to) convince you to care about this mega-compliance hurdle. If you want to read more about a CPSR, check out our white paper here.
CPSR Compliance For Government Contractors
There appears to be a trend in government evaluations looking for CPSR compliant contractors. CPSR compliance was an extra 500 points for the recent OASIS bid. Many of our competitors will happily sell you a CPSR package without blinking at the cost or whether you actually needed it. We only sell this service if it appears to be necessary for your GovCon. CPSRs are intense and thorough, so if it seems like a reasonable concern, read on to learn about which GovCons need to prepare.
Who needs CPSR?
First, the main factor we tell our clients is to assess how much subcontracting work they do. If your business weighs heavily on issuing a myriad of subcontracts or large procurements in support of your prime contract awards, then you have checked the first box to “needing” a CPSR compliance plan, as you’re more likely to encounter CPSRs in the operation of your GovCon. The remaining boxes are comprehensive.
Second, if a majority of your work is with the DoD, you may want to consider checking out DFARS 252. 252.244-7001, the regulatory birth of what a CPSR compliant system looks like. Finally, if your contract says you have to be CPSR compliant – we hope you already have systems in place to pass an audit before signing the dotted line.
Finally, most organizations do not like or want a compliance plan for CPSRs because of the heavy administrative burden it places on corporate processes. Think about the last time you waited for a large GovCon to issue you a subcontract that was allegedly “on fire.” In most cases, the subcontractor is issued a letter subcontract or works at-risk with an authorization to proceed (also part of the CPSR compliant program) before the “real” subcontract is issued. This is because nearly all GovCons with CPSR compliance programs have to take several steps to coordinate awarding a procurement. These steps were put in place to comply with CPSR requirements.
CPSR Plans & Services
If we have not talked you out of it and you are ready to start the box-checking, administrative hurdles of CPSRs, consider an organization like BOOST that will tailor a CPSR compliance plan to fit your organization. We will not open a canned manual and serve it to you on a platter. We exist to add value. We can provide a customized CPSR plan; if you need it. To find more information on our Accounting Services for Government Contractors or our overall GovCon services, please click here.